COVID-19: FG debunks reports of imminent lockdown, urges compliance and vigilance

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The Federal Government has denied reports of an “imminent” total lockdown to check the second wave of coronavirus in the country.

A statement credited to the Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, on Thursday, alleged that the FG was considering a 14-day lockdown, starting this weekend.

“The purpose of this message is to give us the privileged information that a complete lockdown of the country is imminent,” the statement said in part.

“Soon, very soon, perhaps, this weekend, this will take effect and may last for at least 14 days. Therefore, I advise us to immediately make adequate arrangements for our families”.

However, the FG, on Thursday evening distanced itself from the statement with a circular tagging the remarks as ” Fake News”.

The Special Assistant on Digital/New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Tolu Ogunlesi, shared a video debunking the supposed lockdown.

In Twitter post, Ogunlesi asked Nigerians to “RT aggressively” the clip tagged “fake lockdown news alert”.

Nigerians have been anticipating a second lockdown following a surge in the number of fresh cases.

The country recently crossed the 100,000 cases mark, with the PTF constantly expressing worries over non-compliance to the guidelines.


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